Dec 19, 2011 6:56 PM by Melissa Hawkes
Ragin Cajun fever continues to spread after the University of Louisiana's first bowl win since 1944, but winning a bowl game isn't just a morale booster, it'll also bring big benefits to the university.
UL Athletic Director Scott Farmer said the Ragin Cajuns' performance in the New Orleans Bowl was nothing short of miraculous and will likely attract top team recruits next season.
"They watched it on ESPN," he said. "They saw the fight in the Cajuns and saw us play hard every play. I think they'll be a lot of people that will want to be part of this program just because of what they saw."
Donations to Ragin Cajun Athletics has been on the rise the past year and Farmer expects a bowl win will only add to that. Also, a winning record usually means a spike in ticket sales.
It doesn't just benefit the athletic department, school officials predict more people will want to come to UL next year and university donations will probably increase.
"It'll bring more publicity to Lafayette and the University of Louisiana," Farmer said. "I think you'll see enrollment go up."
Bottom line, a bowl win benefits everyone from students to football players to area businesses.